PulseAudio needs to be the default, by default, for all sound systems

Bug #378382 reported by Jacob Godserv on 2009-05-19
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pulseaudio (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: pulseaudio

This bug report spans multiple audio systems (esd, arts, alsa, sdl_mixer, and oss, just to name a few).

It's pretty simple: PulseAudio is installed, but never really used. It just kinda sits there, taking up hard-drive space, waiting for an application with PulseAudio support to come along and use it. The PerfectSetup page on PulseAudio's wiki has worked for me on several installations, on two distributions, on at least three different computers. For applications that simply refuse to co-operate with PulseAudio (and anything else, for that matter), pasuspender is a viable workaround.

I've been configuring this every time I install Ubuntu, so it would be extremely convenient if the Ubuntu developers finally did all that configuring by default.

Daniel T Chen (crimsun) wrote :

This cannot be the case until all the derivatives (Kubuntu, Mythbuntu, and Xubuntu, namely) ship and use PA by default.

Changed in pulseaudio (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Jacob Godserv (fun2program8) wrote :

If Ubuntu would "ship and use PA by default" then wouldn't the Ubuntu variants inherit this?

On Fri, Mar 5, 2010 at 10:15 AM, Jacob Godserv <email address hidden> wrote:
> If Ubuntu would "ship and use PA by default" then wouldn't the Ubuntu
> variants inherit this?

For whatever (perhaps political and/or technical) reasons, those
derivatives have chosen explicitly to exclude pulse. So no, they do
not inherit it (unlike Ubuntu Studio and Edubuntu, which do).

Forgive me for not understanding the interactions between Ubuntu and its variants, but if Ubuntu says "yes we support it," and the variants say "no, we specifically remove it" then isn't it the job of each to do what they say? (For example, if Ubuntu supports PA, it supports it 100% as the default, whereas the variants specifically remove PA, therefore they have some other system as the default.)

Daniel T Chen (crimsun) wrote :

Remember that Ubuntu and its derivatives share the same packages.

Jacob Godserv (fun2program8) wrote :

Again, the authority on this matter is very unclear. Is Ubuntu calling the shots? Is Ubuntu planning on implementing PA but the variants are slow to respond? If the variants are official, and Ubuntu decided to have PA, why don't the variants have it as well?

I hope you understand my confusion. I can elaborate more if need be.

summary: - PulseAudio needs to the default, by default, for all sound systems
+ PulseAudio needs to be the default, by default, for all sound systems
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :
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This bug was fixed in the package pulseaudio - 1:1.0-0ubuntu1

pulseaudio (1:1.0-0ubuntu1) oneiric; urgency=low

  [ David Henningsson ]
  * Fix "Parse failure" error with remote sources/sinks,
    thanks to Martin-Eric Racine for reporting/testing! (LP: #852902)
  * Fix crash when dbus module does not load (LP: #855729)
  * Add more bug fixes from upstream git

  [ Daniel T Chen ]
  * debian/copyright: Update all shipped sources
  * Various xcb_*() bugs already fixed in Sep 2010 (LP: #642030,
    LP: #646583, LP: #646616, LP: #648104)
  * Passthrough is supported in 1.0 (LP: #448024)
  * PulseAudio + alsa-plugins route through PulseAudio by default
    (LP: #378382)

  [ Luke Yelavich ]
  * New upstream bugfix release
    - vala: Add has_type_id=false to all enums, structs and classes
    - module-switch-on-connect: Don't switch unlinked sink input and source
    - alsa-mixer: Set "Front" control to 0 dB on headphone path
    - module-equalizer-sink: Use %z for printf of size_t variables
    - module-equalizer-sink: Use = in initialising variables
    - bluetooth/sbc: Use __asm__ keyword
    - module-equalizer-sink: Use correct limit in loop
    - Squash the last gcc warnings
    - Make gcc --std=c99 happy
    - device-restore: Simplify the migration of data to per-port keys.
    - stream-restore: Add in some variable sets that were missing from 9ffa93.
    - stream-restore: Add proper data validity checks to the legacy database
      entry read.
    - formats: The format code should be in libpulse, not libpulsecommon
    - formats: Export more functions needed for a clean build.
    - device-restore: Fix use-after-free error.
    - raop: Use the port supplied by avahi when connecting to RAOP devices.
    - loopback: New modargs: sink_input_properties and
    - bluetooth: Bump DBus version to 1.3.0 and drop conditional code.
    - alsa: Tidy up argument descriptions
    - module-suspend-on-idle: Move vacuum code to core
    - alsa-mixer: Add support for the Microsoft Kinect Sensor device
    - modargs: Ensure modargs can be accessed in their raw form.
    - raop: Properly deal with the name coming from the device.
    - build-sys: Oops forgot to add the Kinect profile to the build system.
    - volume: Rename 'sync volume' to 'deferred volume'.
    - raop: Don't crash if fd is not open when trying to close it
    - doc: Update README with fresh links.
    - doc: Add info about running pulseaudio from the build dir
    - stream: Relax assert for extended API
    - def: Hide server-side sink/source flags
    - volume: Handle varying channel count for shared volumes
    - virtual: Make volume sharing on by default
    - equalizer: Use volume sharing by default
    - echo-cancel: Use volume sharing by default
    - sink,source: Avoid crash by not updating volume on shutdown
    - conf: Make sure module-dbus-protocol is loaded after
    - build-sys: bump soname
    - sink,source: Handle missing in the shared volume case
    - dbus: Don't crash if the module does not load
    - Fix crash in threaded message queues
    - build-sys: Switch to the tar-us...


Changed in pulseaudio (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
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